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is it cool ♪ it's aight aight ♪ this is "night line". >> tonight -- >> he asked everyone to move to the center of the classroom. >> she came face to face with a killer on her second day of school. >> he laughed after he shot the teacher. >> now an oregon campus shooting survivor speaks telling us about the moment the gunman opened fire on her classroom. what he really said to his fellow students and how she made it out alive. plus they're singing a new tune. it's been a long stretch of love for lady antebellum complete with six grammys and tonight they're going back to their roots. with eear behind the scenes at the bar where they were first discovered for a celebration. and some huge news for fans.
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and what's the taylor swift curse? major league teams noticing trouble when she walked in. is the pop star bad news for baseball? but first, the "nightline" five. >> she can rage. and roar. and crack and storm. but mother nature can't stop us. >> number one? in just 60 seconds.
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good evening and thanks for joining us. describing a living nightmare. but the ordeal hit especially close to home for the young woman you're about to hear from who escaped with her life thanks to a split second good decision and good luck. >> when i close my eyes and i'm really close to falling asleep i can hear the gunshots and i can smell -- i can smell it. >> smell the gun powder? >> yeah. >> this 18-year-old is haunted by that day. it was about 10:38 a.m. last thursday in oregon when gunfire rang out. >> somebody's outside up with of the doors shooting through the
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doors. >> the man terrorizing the school was inside her writing class. >> we've got multiple gunshot wounds. we're going to need multiple ambulances on scene. >> she was one of the first to be shot by the alleged gunman during the rampage that took the lives of nine people and injured nine more. from an oregon hospital where she was recovering from surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her spine, she told us the harrowing story of how she played dead to stay alive. >> i could hear everyone breathing hard and freaking out and crying and he asked everyone to move to the center of the classroom. so we all kind of just army crawled. >> she had already been shot but didn't realize it, too focused on the terrifying scene before her. >> so you're still on the ground. what does his voice sound like? >> he sounded really deranged because he said he had been waiting to do that for a really long time and he laughed.
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>> he laughed? >> he laughed after he shot the teacher. >> she says he chose one student to live apparently to carry a message for him. >> he said the kid in the glasses, get up. i need you to do me a favor. today's your lucky day. and hands him this like business envelo envelo envelope. >> he asked that the envelope reportedly containing a flash drif be turned in. >> he wasn't going to be able to do that after he was done killing the rest of us and said he was going to kill himself. >> one at a time he asked his victims to name their religion. >> the first kid that he asked that was a boy. when he said that he was religious and he said he was christian, he didn't hesitate at all. >> when the student said his religion? >> yeah. >> he immediately was shot? >> yeah. the shooter said that he would
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only feel pain for a couple of seconds and that he would be with god soon and then he shot him. >> i'm not sure what to make of his questions and his own statements. what do you make of that? >> i think he asked our religions and shot the christians in the head because he thinks the earth is evil. and he didn't want us to suffer on earth like maybe he was suffering. so, he was maybe thinking that oh, i'll just put you out of your misery and the fastest way possible. >> and when you were shot, and are you thinking that you might not make it out of that room? >> yeah. i didn't -- i didn't think i was going to make it. >> but then officers arrived on the scene and exchanged gunfire with the shooter. it all ended when he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> i heard that one kid in my class say that he was dead. he's dead. he's shot in the head.
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everything's okay. that's why i opened my eyes and i didn't want to open my eyes. i just -- i did. and looked around the classroom. it was horrible. it was the worst thing i had ever seen in my life. >> someone asked me can you forgive the shooter. >> the pastor's daughter was in the classroom. >> she said daddy number one i began to pray and secondly i knew i was going to die today. >> playing dead after fellow student was fatally shot and fell on top of her. >> i believe in the last moments that he had any conscious whatsoever i believe he said i am going to roll on to lacy. >> amazingly she also survived and this weekend she attended church with this man, the student witnesses say was chosen directly by the gunman to live. and chris, the army vet credited with confronting the gunman and warning others released this video from his hospital bed. >> hello everyone.
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i'm doing well and i'm overwhelmed by the support i have gotten from everybody. >> we know that harper carried six guns and owned at least seven more all legally obtained, renewing the gun debate. >> how many people have to die before we actually act? >> today hillary clinton unveiled a sweeping gun control plan calling for a crack down of the sale of guns on the internet and gun shows vowing to bypass congress if necessary if she is voted into congress. at one point she grew emotional while introducing a mother whose child was killed during the 2013 sandy hook shooting. >> so many of the parents of the precious children who were murdered have taken the unimaginable grief that they have been bear iing and have trd to be the voices that we need to
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hear. >> some schools are taking matters in their own hands. lock down drills are almost as common as fire drills. >> attention this is a drill. we need to lock down. >> please go behind my desk. >> the teacher locks the door, pulls down the shade and everyone is told to keep quiet. >> this is a drill. >> my colleague david wright spent time in colorado schools running training drills last year. >> it's kind of scarey, huh? >> kind of. >> do you know why they do it? >> former swat team member specializes in active shooter training. here at sky view academy, he and his trainer teaches the teachers how to spring into action. he says there are windows of opportunity to take down a shooter that you won't know unless you're trained like when the shooter engages in dialogue
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or reloads his weapon. does this protect people or put them in grave danger? >> don't be a hero. >> we're not advocating a suicide mission. we're talking the split second when they know they have done everything they could prior to making the choice. here is some knowledge. a better option for you. >> you made it. you're safe. >> yeah. >> this survivor who lived through the terrifying seconds is expected to make a full recovery. she now wants to live her life for those victims who will never get the chance. >> i will never ever take for granted a second, a minute, an hour, a day. never again. every day is special. you never know when something is
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going to happen. >> for nightline, roseburg, oregon. up next, a doozy of an announcement bringing changes on stage and off. we are right there with them. plus bad blood for taylor swift and baseball. why she may not be getting a warm welcome from the big leagues any more. but i couldn't do it on my own. i needed help and chantix was there. and i did it. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. some had seizures while taking chantix. if you have any of these, stop chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems, which could get worse or of seizures. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it.
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tonight we scored an exclusive backstage pass with lady antebellum.
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changes coming for both the band and their families. i headed out to nashville where it all started for these megastars where they are planning an incredible act of kindness for an unsuspected fan. ♪ >> it's a long stretch of love. just a couple hours earlier i'm backstage being challenged to a ping-pong rematch. >> girls against guys. i like it. >> got a little game. >> no game. >> in all fairness, we are like coming at it from all angles. >> even their tour mate hunter hayes joins in on the fun. it's charles kelly's birthday but they're all bursting to break the news to us that after nine number one songs -- >> it's a quarter after one -- >> like need you now.
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>> and we own the night. >> with 11 million albums sold, lady a is taking a break. >> for sure. >> over the past eight or nine years we have never really truly had a break. >> we want a little time at home and good family time. >> if you can give us a second i think we can come up with something really special. >> because! >> happy birthday. >> and the birthday boy sees this moment as the perfect time to launch a solo career. his first single, the driver. ♪ >> how does it differ artistically? >> it's a little more throw back, more 70s southern rock influence, i think. i wanted to show this other side
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and see if i could find a different side of my voice, too. when i played it for dave and hillary, i would tell that they were really excited for me and they understood that it didn't fit our project. >> so no hurt feelings? >> not at all. >> his band mates are his biggest cheer leaders. >> we always said if any of us wanted to chase a blip we would give that permission because we want to come back as lady a stronger than ever. >> we want to chase down whatever our musical muse feels like doing. >> why now? why go out on your own? >> i feel like i have been writing this music and have this other side of me that i want to get out that doesn't necessarily fit. >> but artists like beyonce, justin timberlake and michael jackson all went to solo careers and never quite assured. >> as lounng as you can assure your fans you are not breaking up?
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>> no. i just want the fans to miss us. >> the fans want to know there is a future. >> this band will never end. >> we have got the calendar full. >> we have dates in 2017. >> their friendship has only deepened since they first made a name for themselves here at this bar in nashville. >> this is where we got discovered. >> our very first show was here. >> of course we couldn't help ourselves. ♪ >> what's it like to walk back in? >> we are like man, we've been at this a long time. >> we're going to do a little surprise for some fans. >> please welcome lady antebellum. >> they're playing stadiums now but on this night it begins with a vip gathering playing american honey. ♪ ♪ like american honey >> their generosity doesn't stop
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with their fans. they have an extensetive charity fund which puts 50 cents of every concert ticken sold towards children charities. tonight they're surprising an unsuspecting wounded war vet and his 8-year-old daughter. >> you know we have a surprise for him. but what you don't know is you and your daddy have your mortgage paid for a year. >> yeah man. >> this means a lot. >> what goes through your mind when you hand somebody a life changing check. >> it's a very humbling thing to be a part of. >> it wouldn't be worth doing at this level if we didn't have an opportunity to make an impact. >> and for both dave and hillary, that mantra of helping kids became more meaningful when they each had their own kids. >> what's changed in your life since becoming a dad? >> we try to find little moments in the day to do stuff together.
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any other moment i'm back in the dressing room or taking them for a walk. >> hillary's daughter is often on tour with the band. >> look into the camera. >> how do you balance the working mom situation? >> it's been a challenge. i think, you know, actually, i just red a book recently that finding balance in your life is like a unicorn, no one has ever seen one and it's a really great way to put it. i think it's a continual search. changing a diaper right before you walk on stage is a little bit of a head trip. >> he and his wife after years of struggling with fertility issues are expecting a baby boy due in february. >> we have been married six years. we have never really tried to prevent it. we were literally just about to do the ivf and sure enough, you know, right literally the month
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before she's dpoigoing in to dot process she's pregnant. >> what was the hardest part? >> it's exhausting because you get your hopes built up and it doesn't happen. we would have a couple tough moments together. i was like we have got to go to the doctor. >> what went through your mind when you heard it's a boy? >> i immediately got excited thinking about the things i could teach them to hopefully have a golf buddy. those are the moments i remember with my dad. >> how we feeling out there music city? >> it's a long stretch of love that connects those boy hood memories to his new beginning. ♪ >> next baseball fans was a creeping suspension that taylor swift was trouble when she walked in. what does she have to do with those unlucky streaks? ♪ never loved me or her or
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♪ when you recognize something isn't right, make the call to the veterans crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. and finally tonight, are you into conspiracy theories? here's one. linking major league slumps to taylor swift of all people. ♪ now we got bad blood >> does taylor have bad blood with baseball? ♪ i knew you were trouble when you walked in ♪ >> some think she is nothing but trouble for their favorite teams. after her 1989 tour stops at an mlb stadium the home team strikes out. the curse started back in july.
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taylor swift lit up the washington national stadium. >> that's not good. we have lights out here. >> but the next time the nats took the field the lights went off three times. pitcher tweeting about swift, i blame her for the power outs tonight. we now have bad blood. and the first place nationals tanking and missing the play offs. the astros didn't do much better after they hosted her. they lost seven of their next eight games. the padres had 12 wins and 21 losses. now it's toronto's turn to be on edge. blue jays fans previously turned tayl taylor's blank space into a parody song called first place. ♪ >> but they may not want to associate with the star now.
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t swift had two sold out shows over the weekend at roger senter and the jays dropped both of their following games. with the post season series against the rangers looming. ♪ shake it off shake it off >> we will soon find out if the blue jays can shake it off. >> that's it. just shake it off. thanks for watching abc news. tune into ""good morning america" tomorrow. we are live 24/7 on our facebook page and on abc news.com. good night america. see you tomorrow. [extracurricular activitiessands help provide a sense of identity and a path to success. joining the soccer team... getting help with math...
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